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NY Lawyer Gets 4 Years, $2.5 Million Fine For Posing As Rabbi

04/12/2013

A New York immigration lawyer who fraudulently presented himself as a rabbi was sentenced to a four-year prison term.

Earl Seth David, 49, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan for passing himself off as Rabbi Avraham David in order to swindle illegal immigrants in their bid for naturalization. He also was forced to pay $2.5 million in damages.

Aiming to win the trust of the immigrants, David posed as a rabbi for 13 years and would take up to $30,000 per case to forge documents to submit to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Turks: Plot To Blow Up Synagogue, U.S. Embassy Foiled

04/12/2013

Turkish police earlier this year uncovered what they claim to be a plot linked to al Qaeda to bomb a synagogue in Istanbul and the U.S. embassy in Ankara.

Twelve people were arrested during a raid in February on two houses in Istanbul and Corlu in February, the New York Times reported on Thursday, quoting Turkish media.

Eight of them were Turks, two were Chechens and two were Azeris.

Weiner Speaks Out On Scandal, Wants 'Second Chance' In Politics

04/10/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Former congressman Anthony Weiner, who represented one of the most heavily Jewish districts in the nation before his fall from grace, is still considering a run in this year’s Democratic primary for mayor, he told The New York Times Magazine in Sunday’s edition.

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin speak out about the future in this week's New York Times Magazine.

Sharansky Recommends Equal Prayer

Plan will likely face Orthodox opposition and depends on enlarging the area of the Wall dedicated to prayer.

04/09/2013
Editor and Publisher

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Natan Sharansky

Hate Crimes Charges Against Suspect In Williamsburg Mezuzah Burnings

04/09/2013

After extensive questioning, police have charged Ruben Ubiles, 34, of Bedford-Stuyvesant with burglary, arson and criminal mischief as felony hate crimes, as well as reckless damage and reckless endangerment, reports said Friday.

The New York Times said Ubiles had a prior arrest record for robbery, assault and drug possession.

Ubiles was apprehended by police based on surveillance footage at a Williamsburg housing project where a mezuzah was burned on Tuesday. According to some reports Ubiles posted on Facebook that he was annoyed about Jews setting fires on streetcorners, apparently referring to chasidim burning chametz before Passover.

On Thursday Ubiles was charged with an unrelated crime, criminal contempt in connection with a violation of a court order of protection obtained by his girlfriend, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told The Jewish Week. 

NYPD Photo of Rubin Ublies.

YU President Issues Disclaimer On Jimmy Carter Honor At Cardozo

04/08/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Yeshiva University's president, Richard Joel, has issued a statement on his disagreements with Jimmy Carter in response to a student group's April 10th forum with the ex-president at YU's Benjamin Cardozo Law School.

Gillibrand: Syrian Rebels Must Accept Peace With Israel

04/08/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Peace with Israel and the protection of religious minorities must be conditions of U.S. support for a Syrian government following the fall of President Bashar Assad, said New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand after speaking with exiled opposition leaders in Turkey.

The Democrat, who serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees and is a leading pro-Israel voice in the Senate, was part of a bipartisan delegation last week to Jordan, Israel and Turkey.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem last week. Photo courtesy Sen. Gillibrand

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher, 'Staunch Friend of Israel,' Dies At 87

04/08/2013

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was considered a good friend of Israel despite a rocky relationship with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, has died.

Mrs. Thatcher died Monday after suffering a stroke. She was 87. Mrs. Thatcher suffered from dementia at the end of her life, which was dramatized in the 2011 movie "The Iron Lady," starring Meryl Streep as Thatcher.

Margaret Thatcher with Menachem Begin, with whom she shared an uneasy alliance in the 1980s. Photo via thejc.com

Pamela Geller 'Sharia' Event In Great Neck Spurs Activists On Both Sides

04/05/2013
Staff Writer

Shortly after it was announced that Pamela Geller, an outspoken critic of radical Islam, would be appearing at Great Neck Synagogue April 14 to discuss the “Imposition of Sharia in America,” an e-mail and phone campaign sought to get the talk canceled.

Activist Pamela Geller says pressure to cancel her event has "seldom been this intense."

Comptroller's Database To Aid Holocaust Heirs

04/05/2013
Staff Writer

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has created a new link on his website to help the heirs of Jewish Holocaust victims claim money in the state’s unclaimed funds database.

An initial search of the site against the names of 50,000 Holocaust victims and survivors turned up 4,000 matches. Now, the state is asking those claimants to check the website and confirm that there is truly a match.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli: Searched 28 million accounts.
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